Smart business travelers add a day or two to their schedule so that they have time to explore their destination. Here are some ideas on where best to enjoy downtime on a short trip to London.
Combining business and leisure on work trips is a rapidly growing trend. ©GETTY IMAGES
A growing number of travelers are embracing the concept of “bleisure”—mixing business with leisure. This can involve taking time out from a business trip to see the city sights or even extending a stay by a couple of days so that friends or family can join them. In a recent global survey by business travel platform Egencia, 68% of respondents said they took at least one bleisure trip per year.
So how can travelers get the most out of bleisure time in a capital city like London? The secret is to focus on one or two areas that are easy to explore on foot, that have their fair share of must-see sights but also give a flavor of everyday life in the city.
London’s Cultural Hub
The South Bank is the beating heart of the city’s cultural scene, with theatres, concert halls, art galleries, street artists and street food markets. The panoramic views along the River Thames are spectacular, taking in the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tower Bridge. This vibrant riverside area is easily reached from the City of London by the Millennium Bridge—handy for visitors with business meetings in that part of the capital.
Exclusive Shopping And Dining
For a taste of luxury London living, Mayfair offers designer fashion and jewelry stores, historic shopping arcades and art galleries. Shepherd’s Market is a hidden gem—a charming Georgian piazza surrounded by narrow winding streets packed with high-end shops and eateries. Buckingham Palace is just a short stroll away across Green Park.
Travel In Style
Having the right accessories to hand makes a bleisure trip even more relaxing. Sleek bluetooth earphones will make the flight more comfortable, while an elegant make-up bag adds a touch of first-class glamor at any time. And of course, for a visit to London an umbrella is an absolute must.
Swarovski has an impressive selection of accessories that make the ideal business gift for customers, partners or co-workers traveling for work or pleasure—whatever their destination.
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